Sunday, September 25, 2011

USGP: CAT 2/3 Mens.

Aaron Mock and John McNeil representing Trek Product
Development. I do not envy them at all. While the rain
may have died down during their race, the damage to the
course had been solidified by the previous two races.

Trek's making moves!

USGP: Environments.

The rain makes it better.

Leah: 'Crossing.

She had to slap her Ion CX frameset
together at the last minute using borrowed
parts, but she was looking strong on her
first race of the season.

USGP: Day Two. Jengineer.

Jen P, an engineer at Trek was riding the race after my
Cat 4 mens outing. On the last lap my race, the rain came
and it came hard for the entirety of the women's race. Things
got slick and Jen wiped out a few times, but she seemed
to be doing really well in the Cat 4 women's field.

She rides a Cronus CX, so you know she's serious.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

USGP: Cronus Aftermath.

She took her licks and kept on kicking. After a
really terrible start, getting caught behind a few
crashes, we started our slow attack. Coming back
to reel in everyone who shot past in the beginning.
I would finish 2 spots north of where I started, a
success for my first outing. I aim to increase on
these results tomorrow.

Getting after it.

The first race is in the books. Tomorrow is round 2.

Calm before the Storm.

38 degrees. Dew. Fog.

Cyclocross season has begun.

So has my amateur CX career.

Product Managers.

With PM's like this, who wouldn't push themselves
to create awesome products?

And yes, the Obi-Wan on ML's tie is in a lightsaber
fight with his t-shirt doppelgänger.

Trash Night.

By the amount of flat-pack furniture boxes out there, it would
appear that someone just moved in.

New Bike Day: 2012 Trek Gary Fisher Collection Cronus CX Ultimate.

Weighing in at a scant 16lbs 15oz while with knobby tires
and heavy wheels makes this bike my lightest by a fair
margin. Perhaps it's not fair to compare the weight of my
race CX to a Madone that is set up more for commuting
and touring across Iowa, but weight is not the only advantage
that the Cronus holds over its Carbon brother. Benefiting
from a stiff BB90 bottom bracket, an E2 Headtube and the
Fisher Control Column front fork/wheels, this bike it
twice as stiff as the Madone with significantly more control.
The slacked out head tube angle and elevated bottom bracket
suit the bike more for the muddy stuff but after throwing my
RXL wheels on the Cronus, she soars as a road bike as well.
The dropouts have hideaway rack/fender mounts so she can
be converted to an Uber-commuter (but most definitely won't
be). I can say, with very little hesitation that this is the nicest
bike I have ever owned. She begs to be ridden hard on uncertain
ground and rewards you with responsiveness, stability and wicked

There is a small face with the words, "Mans best friend" at the
BB/Chainstay crotch.

Pretty accurate.